Album Review – Chris Young’s “Neon” – Eric’s Thoughts
Tomorrow. That’s the name of Chris Young’s first single off his new album. It’s also the day when the new album, titled, “Neon” hits stores. I got an advance copy of the CD, and I think Chris Young has finally cemented his place among country music’s major hit-makers. For five years, Chris struggled to make it after his win on the “Country American Idol” called “Nashville Star.” The show has not, however done nearly as well as Idol in placing artists on the charts. Young bascially kept working at it until “Gettin’ You Home” exploded as his first number 1 hit.
Chris comes back with another album for RCA that has already gotten a good response due to the success of “Tomorrow.” But listening to the CD in its entirety, makes me believe Chris is in for more of those coveted number ones! In a rare event, all ten tracks on “Neon” are made to be singles and hit singles at that.
The CD starts with “I Can Take It From There,” a song that takes us back to “Gettin’ You Home” territory with the right mix of sophistication and sexiness. I think this would make a great choice for a second single. “Lost” is another upbeat tune that shows off Chris’ deep vocals and fun as well as romantic side. The title track, “Neon,” is the most country of the tracks with that haunting steel guitar and images of a smoky honky tonk with Johnny Lee on the jukebox.
The two tracks that tug at the heartstrings the most are “Old Love Feels New” and “Flashlight.” “Old Love..” talks about hearing the story of how Granddaddy met his wife and how you know when it’s really love. Awesome love song here. Secondly, “Flashlight” speaks of the relationship of a father and son, and all the things that can be learned, if not about fixing cars, than just about life, while you’re “holding the flashlight.”
I strongly suggest you pick up a copy of “Neon” or listen to win it with Jon Prell and Brain Buster Trivia all this week. Chris Young is the perfect artist for country whether you’re into the “old stuff” or “new stuff.” He has major appeal to the young audience with songs they can relate to, and for the traditionalists, his voice tells the story of somebody who grew up on everyone from Merle Haggard to Alan Jackson.